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Kathleen Sharp is an award—winning journalist, acclaimed author, film consultant and dynamic speaker.
Her latest book Blood Medicine: Blowing the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever. (Dutton), was selected by Oprah Magazine as a Top Ten Pick. Called the “most important non-fiction book of the past 20 years,” the book is also being developed as a feature film by New Regency Productions.
Ms. Sharp began her career as business reporter, working for small-town newspapers. The experience of following school boards and city council meetings gave her a bird’s eye view of the way tightly-knit communities function. She cut her teeth on an investigative series that looked at how a string of small towns were lifted and, later, exploited, by complicated investments. That garnered a first place honor from the Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi, the first of many honors.
Kathleen Sharp went on to contribute to BusinessWeek magazine. After winning a fellowship to study at the Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Washington, she gained more insight into what makes organizations not just financially sound, but culturally powerful. Around this time, she also won the Young Businesswoman of the Year title from a state chapter of the National Association of Business Women Organization.
Ms. Sharp became a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, writing features about off-beat communities. She also wrote her first book, In Good Faith: The Inside Story of Prudential Securities' Multi-Billion Dollar Scandal (St. Martin's Press, 1995), which received fine reviews from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Book Review and Publishers Weekly, among others. It hit the stores just as the national scandal was playing out in news headlines and on 60 Minutes. It became one of the top-selling business books that year.
Kathleen Sharp became fascinated by power and the people who try to wield it. She interviewed politicians, CEOs and celebrities for national publications such as Fortune, Parade, Playboy and others. Realizing that many successful leaders tend to work behind the scenes, she fell to work on her next book, interviewing 450 sources.
The result was Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood: Edie and Lew Wasserman and Their Entertainment Empire (Carroll & Graf, 2004), which details the growth of the entertainment industry through the life of a power couple, the late chairman of Universal Studios and his astute wife. The book garnered excellent reviews from Vanity Fair, New York Newsday, Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, which called it “dramatic and enthralling… likely to be a standard text on Hollywood.”
Ms. Sharp helped turn her book into the film documentary “The Last Mogul” (ThinkFilm, 2005), working as creative consultant and co-producer. Variety hailed it as “elegantly classy.” It became an audience favorite at several film festivals, was released theatrically and continues to broadcast on Bravo, Showtime and other television networks.
Expanding into radio, Kathleen Sharp began reporting and producing stories for NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.” At the same time, she became a national correspondent at the Boston Globe, where she broke several stories. She became fascinated by women and power, and wrote about the topic for Elle, Vogue and The New York Times business section.
Ms. Sharp has won six awards from the Society of Professional Newspaper Writers/Sigma Delta Chi and, most recently, a health-care fellowship from the Annenberg School of Communications at University of Southern California. Several of her stories have been turned into documentaries for A&E, TCM, and others, where she has appeared as an on-camera expert.
Kathleen Sharp has contributed to several book anthologies, is an active member of the Authors Guild and now contributes to The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair and others in between book and film projects.
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